Christine Gordon was used to her son Cornelius Gordon calling every day. Now she catches herself wanting to pick up the phone.
“My son, and no other son, deserves what he got,” Christine Gordon said Thursday during the sentencing hearing for Delwoun Quinntess Williams.
Williams was found guilty of felony murder Thursday, May 10, in the June 2017 shooting death of Gordon on Barnes Drive. He was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison.
Williams was found not guilty of malice murder in the Gainesville man’s death.
“He was sitting in a car, minding his business. Someone was jealous and hateful and mean and nasty that took my child’s life,” Christine Gordon said.
Felony murder was defined as causing Gordon’s death as the result of an aggravated assault, while malice murder would have involved having malice toward Gordon.
Assistant District Attorney Laura Lukert kicked off the trial after 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, saying Williams “fired two shots into the car where Cornelius Gordon was sitting.”
Gordon later succumbed to his injuries from being shot in the head.
Lukert said during the trial that Cornelius Gordon was associated with the Gangster Disciples, and Williams was with the Bloods gang.
A witness to the shooting identified Williams as the suspect to law enforcement through a Facebook page.
Williams was found guilty by the jury on two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, terroristic acts, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity.
He was acquitted on one of the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime charges.
The victim’s mother was the only person to take the stand Thursday following the jury’s verdict.
“There’s a void that will never be closed. Never, because of you, Mr. Delwoun Williams,” Gordon said.
All that was left to remember her lovable, happy son are photographs, memories and keepsakes, she said.
“You will be tormented for the rest of your life,” Christine Gordon said to the defendant.
Addressing Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, Lukert asked for a life sentence for these “horrible, terrible, senseless actions.”